Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on the death of longtime Indiana state senator Larry Borst. Brinegar worked for nine years as fiscal analyst for the Senate Finance Committee chaired by Borst:
“Larry Borst was a truly dedicated public servant. He was instrumental in critical pieces of legislation at the local level (UniGov in Marion County in the 1960s and Mayor Bill Hudnut’s transformative efforts in the decades to follow) as well as statewide (major tax reforms in 1973 and 2002, and Gov. Bob Orr’s A+ education plan in 1987 to name just a few). His efforts helped transform Indianapolis into the dynamic city it has become and Indiana into a great state for doing business and creating jobs.
“Senator Borst studied legislation intently and knew the details and intricacies of every bill that came before his committee – often more so than the authors and proponents. I learned so much from him in regard to state government and the importance of being prepared. It was a privilege and an honor to work for and with him.”
Borst, in a BizVoice® magazine interview upon being named the Indiana Chamber’s 2002 Government Leader of the Year, said:
“The more complex it is, the more interested I am. This (the 2002 tax restructuring that was ultimately passed in special session) was a complicated thing, but that’s what I love. In the end, there were going to be no miracles for today or tomorrow. We had to look long term and we did.”